February 08 2012 11:54PM
A truly bizarre game through and through where the momentum switched back and forth like a California tide. In yet another must win game for the Flames, the luck needed, that was obviously missing in Anaheim two nights ago, was waiting for Calgary in San Jose. It was a familiar tale where yet again the Flames ventured to an unfriendly arena in California, having lost the last five at the HP Pavilion, only this time Calgary managed to write a different ending, capping off what ended up being a pretty big night for a number of reasons.
While Olli Jokinen carried the mail up front, Miikka Kiprusoff held down the fort on the back end. As for the rest of the team, it was an all around solid team effort. Everytime the Sharks looked to run the Flames down and take over the game, Calgary managed to stem the tide and generate a push-back of their own.
February 08 2012 11:02PM
Final Score: 4-3 W
February 08 2012 07:19PM
Although the Sharks have handed the Flames some embarassing losses the last few years, the contests between the two clubs have been surprisingly cloes affairs so far this seasons. I don't know if this means tonight's will again be equally contested or if the Flames are just due for a paddlin'. We'll find out soon enough I suppose.
The real concern this evening is the same concern Calgary fans and management have at this time every year: the playoffs and the encroaching trade deadline. As usual, the Flames chances balance on the edge of a knife - if they lose, they'll remain 12th in the west, log-jammed with 4 other clubs fighting for the final spot. If they win, they'll jump to just one point behind the incumbent Minnesota Wild.
Exhausting but rarely boring I suppose.
Nation World HQ
February 08 2012 12:54PM
Last month's 2-1 shootout loss in San Jose for the Flames was the first time Calgary's close-to-the-vest brand of hockey really seemed to pay noticeable dividends against a good team. The Flames took a lead into the third period and forced a shootout against one of the NHL's heavy hitters, largely by limiting their potent opponent. Not much has changed for Calgary, as they'll try to do something similar tonight against the Sharks (8 pm, TSN and Sportsnet 960).
February 08 2012 10:54AM
Calgary announced the re-signing of Derek Smith today. The journeyman defender found a home on Calgary's blueline against long odds this season. The deal is two years at $775k per year. Notably for Smith, who has battled to stay in the big league for a long time, it is a one-way contract.